Southwell  Nottinghamshire


In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described Southwell like this:

Southwell, market town and par. with ry. sta., Notts, 6 miles W. of Newark and 17 miles NE. of Nottingham, 3805 ac., pop. 2866; P.O., T.O., 2 Banks. Market-day, Saturday. Southwell grew up around a 7th century church; had a palace of the archbishops of York, frequently occupied by Wolsey; was the place where Charles I. ...

surrendered to the Scottish commissioners; contains a house where the poet Byron spent many of his early days; and gives the title of viscount to the Southwells of Hinlip. The first bishop of the new diocese of Southwell (Notts and Derbyshire) was appointed in 1884. The parish church, now the cathedral, has 3 Norman towers and nave (1110), Early English choir (1233), and Decorated chapter- house (1294). Many of the inhabitants find employment in a neighbouring silk mill.

Southwell through time

Southwell is now part of Newark and Sherwood district. Click here for graphs and data of how Newark and Sherwood has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Southwell itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Southwell, in Newark and Sherwood and Nottinghamshire | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 30th June 2022

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